Preakness 2014: Standings, Finishing Times and Prize Money Results

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17: California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, head to the finish line enroute to winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Molly Riley/Getty Images)
Molly Riley/Getty Images

California Chrome kept his Triple Crown hopes alive by winning the 139th Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

Two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome separated from the pack during the final furlong to obtain another convincing victory at Pimlico with a 1:54.84 finishing time.

Not considered the strongest field, 10 horses competed at the second leg, three of whom raced at Churchill Downs earlier this month. It was once again Art Sherman's horse who ran away with his sixth consecutive victory to remain undefeated in 2014.

Ride On Curlin rallied late to earn a distant second-place finish. Jockey Joel Rosario, who switched from General a Rod after finishing 11th in the Kentucky Derby, led his new horse into the money by pushing past Social Inclusion, who settled for third.

Preakness Stakes Results
13California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman-
210Ride On CurlinJoel RosarioWilliam Gowan1 1/2
38Social InclusionLuis ContrerasManny Azpurua8
42General a RodJavier CastellanoMike Maker8
54Ring WeekendAlan GarciaH. Graham Motion12 1/4
69Pablo Del MonteJeffrey SanchezWesley A. Ward14
71Dynamic ImpactMiguel MenaMark E. Casse15 3/4
87Kid CruzJulian PimentelLinda Rice15 3/4
95BayernRosie NapravnikBob Baffert20 3/4
106Ria AntoniaCalvin BorelTom Amoss30 3/4
via NBC Broadcast

Although Social Inclusion did not compete at Churchill Downs, the colt was labeled a strong contender. As a result, none of the payouts are particularly high.

Preakness Prize Money
California Chrome$3.00$3.00$2.40
Ride on Curlin$5.60$3.80
Social Inclusion$3.40
Via NBC Broadcast

*$2 Exacta (3-10) paid $18.20; $1 Trifecta (3-8-2) paid $38.00; $1 Superfecta (3-10-8-2) paid $173.80.

No horse has claimed the illustrious Triple Crown since 1978, but California Chrome becomes the 13th colt to notch victories in the opening two legs, per SportsCenter's Twitter account.

The victory should not come as a surprise. After swiftly winning the Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths, California Chrome entered the Preakness as the heavy favorite.

There was, however, a brief scare due to a blister in his throat. Assistant trainer Alan Sherman shut down those fears on Friday, assuring The Blood-Horse's Tom LaMarra, via, that Chrome would be OK for the Preakness.

"California Chrome is fine," Sherman said after the colt's workout. "His throat is fine. He got a little tickle, but he's not going to be scratched. I don't know why it was blown out of proportion. The horse is in perfect shape."

Owner Steve Coburn made light of the situation, per NBC Sports.

After the Preakness, Art Sherman immediately turned his attention to the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown whose track is longer than Pimlico's 1 3/16-mile course.

California Chrome did not hold the lead from start to finish. Pablo Del Monte, who nearly partook in the Kentucky Derby as Hoppertunity's replacement, galloped out to an early edge with blazing speed, but he lost steam after a blazing start.

Rosie Napravnik returned to Maryland, where she competed in her first race as a 17-year-old. She also enjoyed her best Triple Crown finish yet, earning third place with Mylute at last year's Preakness.

This time around, she finished ninth with Bayern, initially considered one of the strongest contenders. Ria Antonia, the race's only filly, crossed the finish line last.

The real story, of course, turns back to California Chrome, who now has a chance for history on June 7. While the quick turnaround between the Derby and Preakness presented a possible obstacle, he quickly proved that worry moot.

Safe to say California Chrome will enter Belmont as the resounding favorite to claim the Triple Crown. Nobody has come close to stopping him yet.